Tuesday , October 26 2021

Covid-19: 961 cases in NSW, 779 in Victoria


Today there are 961 new cases of Covid-19 in New South Wales, nine deaths and 779 cases and two deaths in the state of Victoria.

Police patrol Luna Park in Melbourne on 25 September during an anti-lockout rally.

Police patrol Luna Park in Melbourne on 25 September during an anti-lockout rally.
Photo: AFP

That fell slightly from the 1007 NSW cases and the 847 Victoria cases yesterday.

NSW Health also announced that 85 per cent of eligible residents have now received a first dose of vaccination and 59 per cent the first dose.

Meanwhile, the scenes of hundreds of people gathered in a park in Bondi Beach on Friday violating Covid’s restrictions were “absolutely frustrating,” says Waverley Council Mayor, as NSW police confirm they were not dictated many.

Images and videos posted on social media show large crowds drinking and partying at the Biddigal Reserve, at the northern end of the beach. Most partygoers did not wear masks.

Mayor Paula Masselos said that while most of the community was doing things right, there was a core of people who thought the rules didn’t apply to them.

“I’m definitely exasperated … It’s really frustrating that there’s a small group of people who are impervious to our community,” he said.

Current restrictions allow five fully vaccinated people to gather outdoors.

Victoria has 779 cases, two dead

Over the past 24 hours, Victoria has reported 779 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and two more deaths as closed parts of the state wait to find out if the restrictions will be eased.

New infections were detected from 46,322 test results processed on Saturday.

It brings the number of active infections in the state to 8011, the vast majority of those acquired in the community.

Case numbers had risen sharply, to a record high of 847 yesterday.

There were concerns that illegal gatherings for last night’s AFL grand final could contribute to further publicity.

Protests against the blockade over the week have also sparked fear of “superspreader” events.

Protesters gathered in smaller groups on Saturday, the sixth day of unorganized rallies, before being dispersed by police.

There were 94 arrests on Saturday, 200 on Friday and hundreds more throughout the week.

Geelong, Surf Coast and the Mitchell Shire are their seventh day of blockade scheduled for a week.

Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed yesterday that restrictions would be lifted on Victoria’s Surf Coast from 11:59 pm tonight, but warned that the closure could be extended to Geelong and Mitchell Shire.

Yesterday, 34,280 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered at state-administered sites.

The latest federal data shows that almost 77% of Victorians aged 16 and over have had one dose of vaccine, while almost 47% have had both.

Meanwhile, Queensland has experienced a double donut day after registering zero new cases of Covid-19.

It comes when authorities made another big vaccine over a holiday weekend across the state.


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